“We are all learners in the examination of race. It matters not where you are on the continuum of racial understanding. What is important is your willingness to expand your racial consciousness deeply, explore your own racial identity- and better empathize with the corresponding perspectives and experiences of the racial other.”
-Glenn E. Singleton
Embracism: An introduction to anti-racist transformation.
We all have our part to play in dismantling racist systems that impact all of us.
In our 4 part course we explore, and start to heal, the personal impact of racism on our minds, bodies, hearts and souls.
Join us for a journey taking us from not knowing to awareness; from awareness to integration; from integration to action!
Each class focuses on fundamental questions. We do not claim to have all the answers.
Class 1: Mind
An overview of the policies and history that have created racist outcomes in our society, class one asks us “What do I know about racism in America? What do I think I know? What do I not know I don’t know?”
Class 2: Body
A look at the impacts of racialized trauma and a reminder that policies and attitudes land, as Ta-Nehisi Coates says- with great force, on a body, class two asks us “How does racialized trauma live in both white bodies and bodies of color? How can we begin to heal?”
Class 3: Heart
Investigating how trauma culture affects us all, class three provides opportunity for connection so we can all find a heart-centered way into the work of owning our roles and responsibilities and asks us “Why do I care? In what ways am I implicated and connected?”
Class 4: Soul
In service of changing our society so that our relationship to each other is defined by liberation. Class four asks “What is the soul-work I can step into to create change? What is my role?”
Our Guiding Principles:
•Amplify voices and experiences of people of color
•Own our own racialized perspectives in all matters
•Acknowledge we were all raised in a racist society; this course is intended to be a place to begin unlearning that default and gain personal awareness
•Emotional and intellectual labor should not be placed on people of color to educate, but their experiences and leadership should be centered (this is not always an easy line to walk.. And we will not be perfect at it!)
•We are here to become better at responding non-defensively